New Jersey Jackals Special Needs P.A. Heroes Program

BY  |  Monday, Jul 06, 2015 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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The New Jersey Jackals’s new program is making special needs kids feel special.

Jackals P.A. Heroes is designed to give a “baseball life” to physically disabled, challenged and limited kids, ages nine to 19, who can’t get on the field to play baseball. The program gives kids with special needs a shot to have a unique association with the game as a Guest Public Address Announcer.

Call 973.865.0335 to learn more and try out!


Mothering With Intention Kicks off “Kids in the Kitchen”

BY  |  Friday, Jul 03, 2015 9:51am  |  COMMENTS (0)

"Kids in the Kitchen"

On Saturday, June 27th, Millburn based, Mothering With Intention (MWI) kicked off its first “Kids in the Kitchen” community service program for children age 4-7 at Toni’s Kitchen (73 S Fullerton Ave, Montclair). The soup kitchen, which is located inside of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, provides meals and other resources to the community. The kids, with their parents help, were tasked with making one hundred take-home lunches for the guests of Toni’s Kitchen.

With an array of beautiful feathers, assorted markers of every color, sparkly glue, a rainbow of colored pencils and crayons provided by Express Yourself Studios in Maplewood NJ, the children decorated and transformed lunch bags into wonderful works of art with happy faces, shapes, pictures and messages. “What MWI has created is a rewarding experience that promotes creativity, sparks imagination and allows kids to give beautiful, personalized works of art as part of their service to Toni’s Kitchen”, said Express Yourself Studios owner, Simone Anthony-Brown.

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Meet The Heroic Adventures of Captain Shinypants at Montclair Library Today

Thursday, Jul 02, 2015 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Heroic Adventures of Captain Shinypants on the Bookmobile Submarine

Take the kids (ages 6 – 11) to MPL today at 2 pm for a fun show:

The eccentric Captain Shinypants may not be a superhero – but he tries to be a hero by being kind to everyone he meets, always doing his best and doing the right thing. During this comedy puppet variety show, the Captain, his first mate (robot bird) Nelson, Soupy the Seal, and the misunderstood shark puppet Grady Heimlich sing original funny songs and perform amazing tricks of juggling, balancing and dexterity. The Captain (who by day is known as comedian John Hadfield) demonstrates positive actions kids can think about and accomplish – like being kind to others, speaking up for someone who is being teased or bullied, being responsible for your own actions, and learning to protect the environment by keeping our own personal space clean. This funny, brilliant, program that will get kids thinking and talking about how everyone can be affected by the positive actions of others.


The Heroic Adventures of Captain Shinypants on the Bookmobile Submarine
Thursday, July 2 at 2 pm
Montclair Public Library, 50 So. Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042



Packs with Purpose Fundraiser and School Supply Drive For Families in Need in Verona

Wednesday, Jul 01, 2015 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Packs with Purpose

Did you know that many Verona families will struggle to provide school supplies for their children this Fall? The Junior Womans Club of Verona is determined to ease this burden through its annual Packs with Purpose fundraiser and school supply drive, which will run throughout the month of July.

Last year, due to the overwhelming generosity of the community and their partnership with Walgreens-Verona, the Juniors were able to fill more than 40 backpacks. The Juniors worked with Verona’s Health & Social Services Program Coordinator, Connie Pifher, to ensure that the backpacks were distributed to those who needed them the most.

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Where’s Waldo in Montclair?

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2015 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)


He’s Back! In this third year in Montclair, all children are invited to participate in the Where’s Waldo Scavenger Hunt for the entire month of July.

Waldo is hiding around Watchung Plaza and it’s your job to find him! Begin by picking up your special passport at the bookstore and go hunting. Then, celebrate at the Where’s Waldo Party on Friday, July 31 from 4-6 pm with games, raffles, and prizes for all participants!

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One Wild FUNdraiser at Turtle Back Zoo

BY  |  Monday, Jun 29, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Big Brother Big Sisters: Juan Lopez, a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson & Union Counties, teachers his Little Brother and mentee, Carlos Reyes, how to sink a hole in one at the Turtle Back Zoo’s Mini Golf Classic on Saturday, June 20.  The first annual event raised over $100,000 to support the Zoo’s Education Center.

Big Brother Big Sisters: Juan Lopez, a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson & Union Counties, teachers his Little Brother and mentee, Carlos Reyes, how to sink a hole in one.

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and the Zoological Society of New Jersey today held the first annual Mini Golf Classic on June 20 to support the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo’s Education Center. The fundraiser was hosted at the Essex County miniGOLF Safari at the Essex County South Mountain Recreational Complex in West Orange, and raised over $100,000.

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Applegate Farm Hosts Family Fun Nights an Offers Free Cones in July

BY  |  Monday, Jun 29, 2015 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Applegate Farm Ice Cream in Montclair will host Family Fun Nights every Wednesday in July. Music, games, magic shows, ice cream and movies! And because July is National Ice Cream month, you can get a free small cone between 12 pm to 4 pm, Monday – Friday, with purchase of a sundae all month.




Watchung School Principal Leaving Montclair

BY  |  Friday, Jun 26, 2015 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

rp_Watchung-school-350x229.jpgMontclair’s Watchung Elementary School principal Mr. Joseph Schmidt has announced that he will be leaving the school for another posiiton in Central Jersey:

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Weekend Highlights: Your Guide to Family Fun

BY  |  Friday, Jun 26, 2015 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

It’s the weekend! There are lots of fun and family friendly things going on in our area and we’ve rounded them up right here for you. Check ‘em out!

Comic Con

The Montclair Public Library (50 S. Fullerton Avenue, Montclair) will host their first ever Comic Con from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Saturday in partnership with East Side Mags, Gamers Paradise and Just Kidding Around. There will be a day full of fun including scavenger hunts, previews of upcoming games, artist-author panels, arts and crafts for all ages, raffles and prizes at every hour, a costume contest and cosplay. Featured artist-author speakers will be there between 1:45 PM and 4:00 PM and included Jorge Aguirre (Dragons Beware, Giants Beware), Paul Castiglia (TMNT, Archie), Eric Davies (Hero Machine), Brian Smith (The Stuff of Legend, Voltron Force), Stephen Coughlin (Sanctuary) and Vincent Delvecchio Jr (local artist). After the event, head on up to the 3rd floor to enroll in the Summer Reading Club.

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Montclair Kids First to Provide Free Wi Fi Access to Disadvantaged Families

BY  |  Friday, Jun 26, 2015 6:14am  |  COMMENTS (3)

Montclair Kids First Montclair Kids First (MKF), a coalition of Montclair parents and residents, announced it is working with JerseyOn, a statewide nonprofit focused on connecting low-income students and their families to the Internet, to provide free Internet access for four years to all Montclair resident parents whose children attend Montclair public schools and qualify for the District’s free & reduced lunch program.

“Montclair Kids First passionately believes we must come together to address our achievement gap,” said MKF member Shelly Lombard.

MKF will fund the purchase of Sprint NETGEAR Fuse Mobile hotspot devices. Each hotspot will provide 3GBs of free monthly data service for four continuous years on Sprint’s 4GLTE network. There will be no cost or obligation to the user. The device will be restricted to educational use. As part of the negotiations, Sprint and JerseyOn will ensure each Internet access device will block anything deemed inappropriate for children.

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I very much wish our Councilors and administration would cease making statements that this deal is not going to cost taxpayers anything. It is truly disingenuous.

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